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The Approach

The "Get-your-attention" howl was followed a minute later by Jack Rabbit Distress from a run-of-the-mill production open reed call. Nothing more high tech was necessary to have a mature pair of coyotes running at us through the sage one abreast of the other. My son, Ben, twelve at the time, sat across the sage from me and I whispered, "Left and right, Little Buddy. Left and right." indicating how we'd engage the targets. I "woofed" and, as luck would have it, the coyotes each stopped in the open and the simultaneous shots from our rifles…
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Coyote Calling - The Set-Up

I settled in front of the juniper tree adjusting my Bipod legs to the height needed to make an effective shot on the creek bottom before me. A little over four minutes into Adult Cottontail from my Foxpro Fury two coyotes were loping towards the caller. The closest coyote clears the brush but decides it doesn't like what it isn't seeing. It turns back into the brush but stops as I let out a bark with my voice. Only its head and neck are visible over the brush but it moves a few feet back towards the call… (Read More)

Camouflage, Concealment and Coyotes

The camouflage industry is flourishing. New patterns emerge every year. New materials become available and everyone has their favorite pattern or patterns. People get attached to their favorite camo patterns. It seems that critiquing someone’s favorite camo pattern is akin to bad - mouthing their mother, you better be ready to fight! I love camouflage. It makes a statement. It shows our outdoor heritage. It makes us feel stealthier. And, proper camouflage actually does serve a purpose in the field by… (Read More)

Calling Coyotes—Sealing the Deal

As the screams drifted across the sage, my eyes scanned continually and my head was on a swivel knowing a coyote could appear at any moment. The earlier I detected him the more time I'd have to plan my final play. Would he end in the truck or wiser and warier than when he arrived? In short could I seal the deal or not? There. Was that light gray spot there when we sat down? I watch without raising my binoculars. There's a movement. Now he's working his way through the sage again. My partner this day is… (Read More)

Calling Coyotes on Purpose

A handful of white clouds floated across a bright blue sky as we walked along the two-track ranch road moving to another stand. I suddenly realized that each step I took was placed with purpose. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that almost everything I do while calling predators is done on purpose, deliberately, if you will. I simultaneously realized how valuable this is to successful coyote calling and how... (Read More)

Extreme Shooting and Filming

At the shot, we all erupted with shouts, high fives and knuckles. To my knowledge, no one had ever pulled this off for national television—a 1000+ yard shot on a football-sized varmint known as a rockchuck! We were ecstatic!

February of 2013 found No Off Season at the Pacific Northwest Sportsman’s Show in Portland, Oregon. The PNWSS is billed as “The Largest Sportsman’s Show West of the Mississippi" (Read More)

No Off Season Long Range Shooting School - by Kristy Titus

Socrates pretty much sums it up with “The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.” Most nights, I fall asleep imagining how my upcoming fall hunts are going to transpire. Some nights, I imagine bugling bulls rutted out charging and screaming in to my fervent cow calls and other nights I imagine... (Read More)

Coyotes in Your Pocket:
A Quest to Shotgun Coyotes

New country, a new set-up and no real clue of what is coming. Six minutes into the stand a coyote blows out of the brush line just feet from my youngest son, Ben, and I. It has our scent now and it’s going hard across the small meadow in front of us. Simultaneous shots from... (Read More)

Coyote Calling Gear

A few years ago I was fortunate to draw both an elk tag and a mule deer tag. I still-hunted within 35 yards of my four point buck while he fed on buck brush and I dropped my five point bull elk at 75 yards as he left a pine draw and moved onto a scab flat with his cows. Both animals were one shot kills dispatched with relative calm yet both were exciting in their own way. But, when the first coyote of the season came running to my calls, I nearly blew the whole thing as Coyote Fever gripped me!
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Fur Loads By Tim Titus

The coyote came through the sage at a steady lope. Pivoting the rifle and bipod in his direction, I let out a "Woof". The coyote came to a stop and almost simultaneously dropped like the proverbial sack of potatoes.
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Coyote Micro Stands

I like big country. My wife calls my son and I “Desert Rats” and it’s probably appropriate. Don’t get me wrong—I like the forest too but when it comes to coyote hunting, give me an expanse of desert and... (Read More)

Bobcat Calling Primer

“I’ve got two coyotes coming from across the draw.” Carl whispered from the far side of the boulder. Moments later, a bobcat appeared on top of the rimrock. “Cat.”, I whispered back. Even though this was Carl’s hunt, he unselfishly told me to forget about the coyotes and take the ‘cat. Like molasses... (Read More)

The “Perfect” Coyote Rifle

In his senior year of high school, my youngest son and hunting partner, Ben, needed a Senior Project. Ben is an avid predator hunter, long range shooter and gun nut so he chose to build a... (Read More)


Quick Tips

BOBCAT SENSES

Bobcats operate on different senses than coyotes. ‘Cats are primarily visual and will almost ignore their nose. The hunter therefore can almost ignore the wind when setting up for ‘cats. Bobcat, however, are extremely visual and are especially perceptive to movement. If you make a quick move with a bobcat in range, you’re busted! Play this information to your advantage. In addition to good concealment, use a motion decoy to catch and hold a ‘cat’s attention. It will give you more latitude for a slow, deliberate move to get your gun in play.

COYOTE SET-UPS

I used to obsess with having the "right" wind for a given stand and, while there are some stands that require a specific wind pattern, I've changed my thinking on the subject. Now, I'll pretty much call a stand regardless of (notice I didn't say, "without regard to") the wind. My primary requirement is that I can see downwind. I want to catch the coyote before he gets my wind. If it's a good stand, I'm going to call it and just play the wind accordingly. Last week I got a reminder.

I called a stand we had had luck on before. I checked the wind and thought I was setting up cross-wind. I'm not sure if the terrain affected the wind or if it changed but I ended up with the wind in my face. I thought it was still going to work with the direction I was expecting to have the coyotes come from so I went on with the stand. I didn't see anything and moved downwind for my next stand only to find a large, fresh coyote track coming right down behind me and turning and leaving. I should have made an adjustment!

Educated coyotes come from stands without downwind visibility. Educated coyotes become more educated from stands without downwind visibility.

SOUNDS

When using a programmable caller such as the FOXPRO line, use the programming feature to put your most often used sounds at the beginning of the list. Placing your favorite five or ten sounds first will save time scrolling through your sounds while on stand. Also, putting a common distress sound as the very first sound on your list will disrupt your stand less if inadvertently activated than, say, a Siren… ask us how we know! Good luck and good calling!

PIVOT

Although it's natural to set-up facing directly towards the area where you anticipate a predator to approach, try positioning yourself towards the right (clockwise) side of your field of fire if you are right-handed. It is easier for right-handed shooters to shift to the left when lining up on an approaching predator. Position towards the left of center if you're a left handed shooter.

For the same reason, when a right and left handed shooter are hunting together, always position the left handed shooter on the right side. More coyotes will end up on the ground!

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